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Sunday 20 April 2014

    Top 10 wines in the US press

    Colette Bancroft recommends a “deeply satisfying” Cabernet Sauvignon, while Stacey Vreeken picks an “orange” Pinot Gris from California’s Beauregard Vineyard.

    Lafite 2013: buy Mouton instead

    Lafite led the way among the first growths when it released yesterday as the cheapest vintage on the market but is Mouton a more reasonable offer?

    Sipsmith moves distillery to Chiswick

    London-based distillery Sipsmith has announced it is moving to a larger site in west London and expanding its operation to meet growing demand.

The week in pictures

This week saw team db take part in a Left-Bank Bordeaux taste-off, dine at the hotly tipped Chiltern Firehouse, and the launch of two new expressions from The Singleton distillery.

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Sangria tipped for Millennial success

Sangria has been tipped for international success with Millennials expected to lead a trend for sweet, fruity wines, according to research by Mintel.

Malbec sales at Tesco up 200%

Sales of Argentine Malbec have soared 200% in the last year at Tesco as the British public’s unquenchable thirst for the inky grape gathers pace.

Napa trend for ‘leaner, less-oaked’ Chardonnay

At a recent tasting Napa winemakers said they preferred the 2012 vintage over 2011, marking a taste for greater acidity and less-oaked flavours.

Fine Wine Market News

Every week the team at Aston Lovell, the fine wine trading platform, brings you the latest news from the fine wine investment market

Beer

Top beers in the worldwide press

Greg Ray picks a “double-brewed monster” packed with “pungent hops”, while Evan Benn recommends a tropical coconut ale to match a ceviche.

Brewer releases whisky-infused beer

Glasgow’s Wellpark Brewery has launched a new premium beer aged with whisky-infused oak.

UK alcohol consumption at 23-year low

New figures released by the BBPA have confirmed a drop in UK alcohol consumption of 2.1% in 2013 – the lowest level recorded since 1990.

Gadget geeks invent sonic beer foamer

A gadget-loving company has created an ultra-sonic device which it says will ensure your beer will always have the perfect head and will never go flat.

Réunion island: A French wine discovery

Our African tour gave us the perfect excuse to visit La Réunion – a French Island east of Madagascar.

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Big Beer’s idea of innovation? More alcohol

Exactly what Colt 45's legendary spokesperson, Billy Dee WIlliams, meant by "works every time" was left to the imagination. by Dan Fox

Fine wine vs gravity

How is the movement of the fine wine market like Felix Baumgartner’s leap from the edge of space? What goes up… by Rupert Millar

Wines of Portugal: London tasting

Portugal continues to make beautiful waves in the wine trade. Of all countries, it is hard to find one which offers better value for money. by Robin Goldsmith
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WHISK(E)Y

Jack Daniel’s ups rye whiskey offering

Jack Daniel’s has launched its second rye whiskey expression, and its first to be barrel-matured.

The Singleton unveils ‘accessible’ duo

The Singleton is preparing to launch two new expressions, Tailfire and Sunray, in a bid to attract a new demographic to the whisky category.

Scotch whisky gets Australian trademark

Scotch whisky has been trademarked in Australia giving consumers and the industry better protection against fakes.

Diageo bids £1bn for control of United Spirits

Ivan Menezes, Diageo’s new chief executive, has bid £1.13bn for control of India’s United Spirits, the sub-continent’s dominant spirits group.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the UK press

Matthew Jukes picks an “incredible” Albariño for Easter, while David Williams recommends an Italian “creditable cheapie” from Aldi.

Top 10 beers in the world press

Tina Danze picks a golden ale perfect for introducing “lager loyalists” to craft beer, while Todd Haefer reviews the first beer from the Trappist monks of Massachusetts.

Top 10 ways to recycle a barrel

Wine barrels have many uses beyond their undoubtedly most important role in winemaking. We take a look at some of the best.

Top 8 Singapore restaurants

The vibrant city-state of Singapore saw eight of its restaurants make it into the top 50 of the 2014 Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

Olly Smith picks a South African red which he said was as “intense as a hug from a giant”, while Terry Kirby recommends a “smooth and silky” Beaujolais.

Top 10 wines in the US press

Dennis Sodomka picks a budget “blockbuster” blend, while Sandra Silfven discovers a “unique” $50 Pinot Noir perfect for “special guests”.

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Fine Wine

Bordeaux 2013: Lafite under €300 a bottle

Lafite Rothschild has released its 2013 vintage with a 14% cut on its 2012 price to €288 per bottle.

Bordeaux 2013: Kirwan and Climens

After a busy day yesterday, Margaux third growth Château Kirwan and Sauternes first growth Château Climens were this morning’s key releases.

Bottle of Penfolds brings down Aussie politician

The premier of New South Wales in Australia has resigned after “forgetting” to declare he had received a bottle of 1959 Penfolds Grange as a gift from a suspect in a corruption case.

LVMH buys first Burgundy vineyard

Luxury goods giant, LVMH, has acquired its first Burgundy vineyard having bought the 14th century Clos des Lambrays.

Champagne

Italian sparkling exports to UK jump 40%

Exports of Italian sparkling wine to the UK leapt by 40.2% in 2013, strengthening its status as the UK’s fizz of choice.

UK Champagne shipments drop 5.1%

UK Champagne shipments slipped by 5.1% in volume and 3.8% in value last year as the economy continued its recovery.

Skinny Champagne to launch rosé

Just days after db announced the launch of “Skinny Rosé” by Finest Fizz, we bring you news that the original Skinny Champagne is to add a pink variant.

Champagne Drappier chef de cave joins Nicolas Feuillatte

Champagne Drappier’s Guillaume Roffiaen has joined The Centre Vinicole – Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte as its director of winemaking and quality.

Rising reserves causing sugar levels to fall in Champagne

Falling sugar levels in Brut NV Champagne are a result of both warmer conditions in the region, but also the rising proportion of reserve wines used in today’s blends.